Pub Design Awards

Pub Design Awards

Entries for this year’s Pub Design Awards are currently being reviewed by the panel of judges.

Held in conjuncture with Historic England, the awards recognise the highest standards of architecture in the refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs, as well as the construction of new ones.

This year’s winners are expected to be announced sometime in April 2019.

About the Award

Our annual Pub Design Awards are held in conjunction with Historic England and recognise the highest standards of architecture in the refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs as well as in the construction of new ones. 

The Pub Design Awards are judged by a panel of experts in design and conservation. Find out more about the awards categories below.

This category assesses newly built pubs. Judges look for a number of details when assessing the worth of any new establishment. It might reflect its past but without becoming a mere pastiche of Edwardian, Victorian or even Georgian artefacts. Or it could be completely modern, using materials of the 20th or 21st century.

Refurbishment can range from a complete gutting and replacement to enhancing the design of what was originally in the pub. Refurbishment should suit the individual pub and not be an excuse to use uniform furnishings to brand the pub with brewery or pub companies images.

This is where an existing building is converted to pub use. Pubs are judged on the taste and restraint used on both the outside and inside of the pub.

This award, sponsored by Historic England, is usually given for work which conserves what is good in the pub to ensure its future for generations of customers.

Named after the late CAMRA chair Joe Goodwin, the award is reserved for outstanding refurbished street-corner locals.

Previous Pub Design Award Winners

2017

Conservation – Greenwood Hotel (Northolt, London)

Refurbishment – Fitzroy Tavern (Soho, London)

Refurbishment (highly commended) – Board Inn (Bridlington)

Conversion – Bowland Beer Hall (Lancashire)

Conversion (highly commended) – Caley Picture House (Edinburgh)

New Build – The Sail Loft (Greenwich, London) 

2016

Conservation – The Scottish Stores (London) 

Refurbishment & Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Tim Bobbin (Burnley, Lancashire)

Refurbishment (commended) – The Ship (Shalesmoor, Sheffield)

2015

Refurbishment & Conservation – The Castle at Edgehill in Oxfordshire

Refurbishment (commended) – Old Bridge at Kirkstall, Leeds

Conservation (commended) – Harrogate Tap, North Yorkshire, The Wallaw, Blyth, Northumberland

2014

Best New Pub – Hall & Woodhouse, Somerset

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The York Tap

Best Pub Refurbishment – The White Swan, Shawell

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Trent Bridge Inn, Nottinham, Landsdowne, Canton

Conservation – The Albion Ale House, Conwy

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Cat’s Black, Wandsworth, the Albion Ale House, Conwy

2010

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Bell Inn, Somerset

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Royal Oak, Wrexham

Conservation – The Sportsman, Huddersfield

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Queen’s Head, Burnham on Crouch, Essex

2009

Best Conversion to Pub Use & Conservation Award – The Brewery Tap, Chester

Best Conversion to Pub Use (commended) – The Midnight Bell, Holbeck

Best Pub Refurbishment – Sutton Hall, Macclesfield

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Trent Navigation Inn, Nottingham, Castle Bar, Cockermouth and Dyneley Arms, Otley

2008

Best Pub Refurbishment – Princess Louise, High Holborn London and Castle Inn, Bradford

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – White Horse, Wrexham

2007

Best New Pub – The Black Horse Inn, Leicestershire

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The Tobie Norris, Lincolnshire

Best Pub Refurbishment & Conservation Award – The Weaver Hotel, Cheshire

2006

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The Works, West Yorkshire

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Prince of Wales, Kent

Conservation Award & Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Three Pigeons, Halifax

Conservation Award – Prince of Wales, Kent

2004/05

Best New Pub – Zero Degrees, Bristol

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The Yorkshire Terrier, York

Best Conversion to Pub Use (commended) – The Arcadia, Leeds

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Racecourse, Salford

English Heritage Conservation Award – Prestoungrange Gothenburg, Scotland

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Yarborough, Brigg, Lincolnshire

2003

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Smiths of Bourne, Lincolnshire

Best Conversion to Pub Use (commended) – Kings Fee, Hereford and Winter Gardens, Harrogate

Best Pub Refurbishment – Wortley Almshouses, Peterborough

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Red Lion, Ealing

English Heritage Conservation Award – The Bell Inn, Nottingham

2002

Best New Pub – Manor Barn Farm, Kent

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Gatekeeper, Cardiff

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Test Match, Nottinghamshire

Conservation Award – The Bath Hotel, Sheffield

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Holt’s Railway, Greater Manchester

2001

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Burton Bridge Brewery Tap, Burton on Trent and Thomson’s Bar, Edinburgh

Best Pub Refurbishment – Porterhouse, London

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Head of Steam, Liverpool and The Angel, Leeds

Conservation Award – Bull & Butcher, Henley on Thames

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Merchants Arms, Bristol

2000

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Sedge Lynn, Manchester

English Heritage Conservation Award – Doctor Duncans and Liverpool & Phoenix, York

English Heritage Conservation Award (commended) – Hillsborough Hotel, Sheffield

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Monkey, Crewe

Best Pub Refurbishment – Billiard Hall, West Bromwich and Half Moon, Mile End Road, London

1999

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Dispensary, Liverpool

1998

Best New Pub – The Wharf, Walsall

Best New Pub (commended) – Browns, Coventry

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham

Best Pub Refurbishment – Stalybridge Station Buffet, Cheshire

1997

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Frazer’s Bar, Edinburgh

Best Pub Refurbishment – Bread & Roses, Clapham

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – The Tavern on the Green, Sussex

1996

Best Conversion to Pub Use & Conservation Award – Commercial Rooms, Bristol

Best Pub Refurbishment – Black Horse, Preston and the Barton Arms, Birmingham

1995

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Vine, West Midlands

Best Conversion to Pub Use – Rothwells, Manchester and The Courtyard, Leeds

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Seahorse, Bristol

Conservation Award – The Counting House, West Yorkshire

1994

Best Pub Refurbishment – Cain’s Brewery, Liverpool

Conservation & Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Bridge Inn, Rochdale

1993

Best Conversion to Pub Use – The Truscott, London

Best Pub Refurbishment – I W Frazier’s Cumberland Bar, Edinburgh

Conservation Award – Fox & Anchor, Smithfield

Best New Pub – Blind Jack’s, Knaresborough

1992

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Anchor, Oxford

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Beacon Hotel, West Midlands

Best New Pub – Smiles Brewery Tap

1991

Best Pub Refurbishment – White Hart, Littleton upon Sever, Avon

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Old Crown Inn, Gloucester

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Mill of the Black Monks, Monks Bretton

1990

Best Pub Refurbishment (commended) – Three Goats Heads, Oxford and Boons Yard, Wakefield

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Queen’s Head, Stockport

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award (commended) – The Vines, Liverpool

1989

Best New Pub (commended) – The Tram Depot, Cambridge and The Shire Moor House Farm, Tyne & Wear

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Sun Inn, Barnes and The Bow Bar

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Junction, Southampton 

1987

Best Pub Refurbishment (high commended) – Anchor Tap, London, Star & Garter, Middlesborough and Green Dragon, Walsall

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Golden Cross, Cardiff 

1986
Best New Pub – The Barn Owl, Northampton

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Minerva, Hull and The Chandos, London

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – The Crown Posada, Newcasle and The Scotch Piper, Lydiate

1985

Best New Pub – The Harrier

Best Pub Refurbishment – Ye Olde Spa Inne, Derby

Joe Goodwin Conservation Award – Howcroft, Bolton

1984

Best Pub Refurbishment – The Argyll Arms, London, The Lincoln Arms, Surrey, The Boar’s Head, Greater Manchester, The Prince Arthur, Liverpool, The Albion, Leeds and The Waggon & Horses,

1983

Best Pub refurbishment – The Bricklayers Arms, London and The Britannia Inn, Lancashire 

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